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Music

Shabazz Palaces Raises the Bar on "Lese Majesty"

"Lese Majesty" is a standout album because it meets and exceeds the high standard of creativity to which Shabazz Palaces challenges the entire genre to rise.

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Music

Lewis is Cleverly Emotive on "The Voyager"

Lewis’s folksy vocals, clever writing, and upbeat instrumentation have come together magnificently to create an album equal parts emotionally affecting and irresistibly fun.

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Music

Dark Themes Dominate "Nobody's Smiling"

Not only has Common added a fresh sound to his brimming catalog of records, but he has also delivered an inspiring and apposite socio-political charge to the community dearest to him.

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Music

"Trouble in Paradise" No Trouble On the Ears

An album that cleverly draws from other genres and refuses to take itself too seriously, “Trouble in Paradise” proved that Elly Jackson is singlehandedly capable of laying down a fantastic pop album.

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Music

Morrissey Shows His Teeth on "World Peace"

“World Peace” is almost one-dimensional in its charged character. The result is an unrelenting odyssey into the self-assertive character that is Morrissey—a world that while initially fascinating becomes exhausting.

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Music

Sia Sells Pop on “1000 Forms of Fear”

Regardless of whether she’s comfortable with it or not, fame has set its sights on Sia, and it’s likely that “Fear,” far from innovative, yet still accomplished, will elevate the star to even higher strata.

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Beverly's Debut an Underwhelming Summer Jam

Beverly might be Frankie Rose’s main focus moving forward, or a one-off side project, but “Careers” doesn’t ask a lot of questions that feel like they need answering in a follow-up.

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Music

Sheeran Innovates Successfully on "X"

On "X," Sheeran balances his traditional guitar pieces and overbearing vocals with mainstream rhythms, while discussing more personal events in his songs. These choices have given rise to a bold, refreshing album that displays Sheeran’s versatility and maturity.

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Music

Tom Krell Plunges Again into the Sentimental

How To Dress Well's newest, “What Is This Heart?,” is a highly accomplished progression that retains the authenticity of his previous two albums while honing a radio-friendly approachability.

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Slive Remembered as Engaging Professor, Prolific Scholar, and Warm Presence

Seymour Slive, a former director of the Fogg Art Museum and fine arts professor emeritus, died on June 14 at the age of 93.

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Music

"Ultraviolence" a Masterfully Concocted Haze

“Ultraviolence” is steeped in despair, and in contrast with the heavily produced and sometimes jarring major-label debut “Born to Die,” Lana Del Rey's followup reaches a new level of sincerity.

Music

The Highs and Lows of Governors Ball 2014

For the second year in a row, contributing writer Andrew R. Chow is our eyes and ears into the annual Governors Ball, held on Randall's Island, New York City. This year, the festival featured everything from impressively executed banter to an offensively stupid shirt.

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Music

50 Cent Once Again Fails to Create a New Sound

“Animal Ambition,” which alternates wildly between well-executed rehashes of 50’s old sound and scattered attempts at a new sound, is another inconsistent entry in the artist’s increasingly frustrating recording career.

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Music

“Donker Mag” is Shamelessly Jarring

Despite the flashy packaging, "Donker Mag" lacks semblance of growth, except a few smidgens of thought that only serve to exacerbate the deficiency. Instead of feeling lively and saucy, everything ends up coming out well-executed but overblown.

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Arts

Rothko and Holyoke

Several murals by Mark Rothko, which used to hang in the Holyoke Center, have been digitally restored by the Harvard Art Museums and the MIT Media Lab.

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I Am Not at a Cafe

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Away in Argentina

Land of Fog
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Land of Fog

Adventures in Separation and Spain
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Adventures in Separation and Spain